Thousands make Costa Rica their top choice for vacation bliss and so should you. With amazing wonders to behold in nature, incredible adventures to experience and a vibrant culture to loose yourself in, Costa Rica should be on your bucket this to experience.

Located in the heart of Central America, the country is flanked by both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. It’s a small but impressive country. You can travel coast to coast in about three hours! Both sides offer wonderful travel opportunities with the Pacific side being more populated with larger hotels and attractions and the Caribbean side, loaded with ecotourism, white and black sand beaches and more. No matter what your travel style may be, there is so much to discover in wonderful Costa Rica.

Adventure time
If thrill-seeking adventure is the name of your game, then you will be spoiled for choice in Costa Rica. There is biking, hiking, zip line, rafting, windsurfing, kayaking and more and more. The list is endless. Almost every adventure to try is located in a natural environment so you not only get an adrenaline filled ride but you get to also experience the waters, trees and wild life of Costa Rica. If kayaking in your thing, you can choose to do so out in the open sea or on one of the many rivers rushing through the land. If you’d rather a more soothing sea experience, try a canoe trip and float along the coastline.

Hiking in the trees
Want to try some great trails and head on out into nature on foot. Make sure you pack your hiking shoes and a good daypack before you head out on one of the many amazing hikes. One of the best and most impressive is Rio Celeste on the edge of Volcan Tenorio. You can find the trail just past the town of Upala, where many plan to stay a night in order to unwind after the hike rather than race back to accommodation located further away but the choice is yours. Booking a hiking guide is a good idea as the Rio Celeste is long. It runs through a cloud forest where sloths make their home, beautiful trees and waters and hot pools by the river. The hike is approximately 3-4 hours long but the best moment comes half through your journey when you will stumble across a majestic waterfall and blue lagoon that you can wade in to cool off.

Volcano rumbling
Plan a visit to Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal. Now lying dormant, so don’t expect red, hot lava to flow under your feet, it’s still a pretty awesome place to spend some time. The volcano produced ash, lava and explosions consistency between 1968 and 2010, so you never know what might happen in the future. There are tons of interesting trails to explore the area on foot. As well, the nearby foothills offer additional paths to explore and hot springs are worth a stop.

Quetzal tracking
Interested in tracking down one of Central America’s most famous birds, then head to Santa Elena and Monteverde to find the lovely quetzal. These quaint and small towns are sheltered from the throngs of tourists by access only via dirt road, so be prepared for a little off-road driving if you plan to venture here. It is here that the quetzals make their home so keep your eyes peeled and your binoculars ready to spot these strikingly coloured birds. Also to be seen in this area are cloud forests to discover, organic farms and the epic San Luis Waterfall. 

Adventure time in Costa Rica

Created by Lynn May Gosselin